By; JACOB ONJEWU DICKSON
Mikailu Abubakar of the New Progressive Movement (NPM) has emerged chairman of the Inter Party Advisory Council (IPAC) of Nigeria, Kaduna State.
He emerged victorious after beating his opponent Bello Abdulrahman by 43 to 36 votes in a keenly contested election held at the premises of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Kaduna State headquarters on Saturday December 7, 2019.
In his acceptance speech, Abubakar assured all political parties if being carried along.
“We are willing and will try to discharge our duties, to earn the confidence you bestowed on us and hope to work with all political parties based on the principles of respect, fairness, unity of purpose to promote IPAC among all political parties for the betterment of political activities and enhancement of the Political dividends in Kaduna State and Nigeria at large,” he said.
The new Kaduna State IPAC chairman assured that himself and all his colleagues who were successful in the election exercises accept responsibilities bestowed on them and would strictly adhere to the code of conduct.
“We have accepted the responsibilities assigned to us by the code of conduct of IPAC in line with INEC procedures and overall constitution of the Federal republic of Nigeria,” he assured.
He called on all elected officials to work together in harmony and in accordance with the code of conduct of IPAC.
“Because I believe only in this way we can succeed together and prove our ability to unite all political parties here in Kaduna State,” he added.
He acknowledged the support given to him, without which according to him, his dream of becoming the newly elected chairman of IPAC would not have been fulfilled.
“My appreciation goes to Alh Umar Mairaqumi, Alh Ibrahim Suleiman, Alh Muhammad Sani, Chairman and members of governor’s forum, campaign Team finally my Political party, NPM (New Progressive Movement) and it’s outstanding chairman at national level, Kano State Gubernatorial Candidate in just concluded 2019 election in person of Alh. Mustapha Bala Getso for his support and taking time to visit me in Kaduna State severally which ensure our success today.
“Special thanks goes to all political parties chairmen in Kaduna State, Security agencies, INEC officials, Groups and Individuals, family and friends who supported me in one way or the other that brings this success.
“With humility, respect and sacrifice to everyone here. I Mikailu Abubakar accept the mandate given to me by all executives and members of IPAC from Kaduna State through electoral phenomenon as enlisted in the IPAC code of conduct mandate,” he declared.
Others elected are Hajiya Hadiza Dahum as Deputy Chairman 1, Ambassador Matoh (Deputy Chairman 2), Honourable Isa Hassan as Secretary, Engineer Aliyu Ibrahim Deputy Secretary, Engineer Ashiru A. Musa, Financial Secretary, Alhaji Ibrahim Wusono (Organising Welfare Secretary) and Abdullahi Garba (Publicity Secretary).
Others are Alhaji Ibrahim Murtala (Audit Control Officer), Comrade John Yayock Solomon (Youth Policy Adviser), Shehu Abubakar (Treasurer), Sylvania Yahaya (Legal Adviser) and Mrs. Emelda Yashim (Gender and Disability Adviser).